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My GRL Relaunch

“Hi this is Craig.”

“Hello. Is this Craig Boyack of Entertaining Stories?”

“Yes, it is, who’s this?”

“Hey Craig. It’s John Howell of Fiction Favorites.”

“Oh, hi John. I didn’t recognize your voice.”

“I don’t think we’ve spoken before so I’m not surprised.”

“So, what can I do for you, John.”

“You may have heard I’m relaunching My GRL.”

“Yeah I heard about that. You’ve been blogging about it for a while.”

“I know, right? I was wondering if we could do a guest post on your site?”

“So why are you relaunching My GRL.? I liked it first time around.”

“it’s a little complicated but long story short is my contract with the publisher is finished.”

“You can renew, can’t you?”

“Well, yes but I was not so thrilled with the cover which they chose.”

“Ah. You had no cover control?”

“No, and since all the promotion was up to me they never authorized any kind of price discounts. Made it a little tough to attract new readers.”

“You published His Revenge and Our Justice on your own right. How’d you do that?”

“I got a waver on the characters and went ahead and published the next two.”

“Wait. They had the rights to your characters?”

“Yup. For the term of the agreement which was three years. It was clear they didn’t want to publish the next two, so I asked for and received a waiver.”

“Is this character rights thing common?”

“More common than you’d think. That’s why it’s real important for authors to read their contracts carefully.”

“Makes you glad to be an Indie, doesn’t it?”

“It sure does. How about that post? You have an opening.”

“I think we just finished a post. How about we run this conversation. It might help some authors make better decisions on their path to getting published.”

“That would be great, Craig. Oh yes, Let’s not forget to mention My GRL is at a special introductory price of $0.99.”

“You got it, John.”

“Thanks, Craig. Say hey to Lisa for me. Talk to you later.’

“I will. Bye John.”


The cover is new and the book edited once again to enhance the experience. What is really nice is the price has been cut for the introduction. You can buy the kindle version for a special introductory price of


Here's the blurb.

John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a well-deserved leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.

Here is the link to Amazon for the Kindle version

Here is the link to Amazon for the Paper version

Check them out and read the first few pages on Amazon.

Also, you can check out John Cannon's other two adventures, as well as, the new My GRL at John W. Howell’s Author Page


John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book's central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.


I've just gotta add my 2¢ to this one. I've read these books and they are wonderful. With the relaunch, there's never been a better time to jump into the John J. Cannon stories. John Howell has a wonderful blog, and you really ought to check it out, it's called Fiction Favorites.



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My GRL & His Revenge, on Lisa Burton Radio #RRBC

Don’t touch that dial. You’ve found Lisa Burton Radio, the show where the characters bring the stories to life. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl.

Today we have Ned Traines on the air with us. Ned is the Chief of Police in Port Aransas, Texas. “Welcome to the show, Ned.”

“Hello, Lisa. I’m a fan of yours, and it is an honor to be on your show. Also, that boss of yours is some writer. I can tell you his book The Playground had me reaching for my soothing syrup several times.”

“You’re so sweet, Ned. Now, tell us how you came to be the Police Chief, and how you decided on such a beautiful area? I visited an author, John Howell there one time.”

“I started out in the military police where I was lucky enough to get my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After discharge, I signed up for an interview at the FBI. There were a couple of hundred applicants and to my surprise I got the job. I spent twenty-five years as a agent doing all kinds of assignments. Most I can’t discuss. Eventually, it came down to finding a place to retire but not retire if you know what I mean. Port Aransas was looking for a Chief of Police so I applied and have been there for the last five years. Not an exciting story I know, but that’s how I came here. Oh yes, I know that John Howell guy. I try to stay out of his way and yes it is a beautiful area.”

“Do you wear a uniform, or are you plain clothes? What kind of firepower do you carry?”

“I usually wear what everyone wears. You know, fishing shirt, cap, and shorts. I have a light jacket on most of the time so my two 9mm automatic pistols don’t scare anyone. They can look pretty nasty to tourists.”

“Those are pretty popular. Do you carry them equally, or is one a backup, like some carry in an ankle holster? I only have one, and we refer to it as the B.A.G., which means big assed gun. It’s appropriate, because it’s .50 caliber. I have to carry it in my purse.”

“I have to tell you I usually leave one at home except if I’m involved in some nasty business. Since some pretty weird people came to town, the business has definitely gotten nastier. I like your idea of a purse carry. It is pretty common for plainclothes female cops. I see it most in the big city. I’m impressed you have a .50. Takes a strong person to fire that thing. Of course, you look pretty strong.”

“John Cannon was a guest of mine on a previous show. He lives in Port Aransas. Do you know him?”

“Yeah, I know him. In fact, we have become pretty good friends. When I first met John it wasn’t that way. He was found unconscious next to the body of a young woman who sold him his boat. What was particularly interesting he was lying on the gun that killed her. I figured John was the one who murdered her. Maybe a lover’s spat. Of course,he had this fantastic story about some guys approaching him, but I thought he was lying. We found out he didn’t do it and was a victim. It seems some terrorists wanted his boat, uh My GRL was the name, to create mayhem for America.”

“So you and John teamed up to battle a terrorist? This wouldn’t be Matt Jacobs would it? He called in during John’s interview, and he’s creepy as hell.”

“Well, I can’t come out and accuse Matt of anything I can’t prove but let me say if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. Anyway, we finally got to the bottom of who was who and arrested a bunch of people on suspicion of terrorism. Mr. Matt Jacobs was nowhere to be found. John and his friend Jason did stop the terrorists and for that the President wanted to give him a medal.”

“Now wait a minute. I know how busy a Police Chief gets. Tell us the truth, have you been reactivated with the FBI?”

“After it was announced that John was to receive the medal a whole bunch of crap…er…violence started happening. I was reactivated into the FBI with the sole responsibility of making sure John was safe. My orders came from the highest level, and I have to tell you it was not an easy assignment.”

“Do you have any idea what their next move is?”

“It is very clear to me that certain individuals, and I’m not saying who, have the idea to get John to help them. I know for a fact that they are hell bent on undermining the President and creating uncertainty in the oil market. I do want these people to know that they won’t get away with their sinister plot, and they’ll have to come through me if they intend to hurt John. That man is a hero and like a son to me so they had better take heed to my warning.”

“We have a caller today. Do you mind, Ned?”

“I just said something that I never told John. It’s probably him. Put him on and I’ll call him my son to his face.”

“Hello caller, you’re on the air. Do you have a question for Ned?”

“Is this the Lisa show?”

“Yes, caller. Who are you, and what is your question?”

“This is Geneen Taines, Ned’s wife. Can you pass a message to Ned?”

“You can tell him yourself. We’re on the air right now.”

“Oh. No wonder he didn’t answer his phone.”

“Geneen, you said you had a message for Ned.”

“Um, okay. Ned, a nice man called from Keewaydin Lane Books.”

“Okay, honey. What did he want?

“He said he wants to write a book about your exploits as an FBI agent.”

“Did he leave his name?”

“Yes, I wrote it down. It’s John W. Howell.”

“Oh my gosh, Ned, that’s the guy I interviewed when I flew down to Texas.”

“He’s the guy behind all the mayhem with My GRL and now His Revenge.”

“He is, honey? Well I don’t want you messing around with him. He almost did us all in on that so called John J. Cannon trilogy.”

“Okay Geneen. I’ll call this guy after the show. Thanks.”

“What are you going to tell him?

“Can we talk about this after the show?”

“Oh yes, I understand.”

“Goodbye dear. I’ll be home soon.”

“Oh, and can you pick up a loaf of bread on your way home?”

“Yes dear. Goodbye.”

“There you have it listners. It sounds like John Cannon is still in trouble. It also sounds like we may be teasing a Ned Traines book, maybe even a trilogy. What do you think, Ned.”

“I really don’t have a ton of control. If this Howell guy decides to write a book, I can’t do much to stop him. I sure will be on the lookout for a partner, though. You have any interest, Lisa?”

“For Lisa Burton Radio, I’m Lisa Burton. I’ll post some links so you can check out the John J. Cannon trilogy for yourselves.”


His Revenge

America loves John Cannon, its newest hero, and the President wants to present him with the highest civilian medal for bravery for saving the Annapolis midshipman from a terrorist plot to destroy them. While in Washington for the award ceremony, John unwillingly becomes an accomplice in another plan by the same group to attack the credibility of the US President and the stability of the worldwide oil market. There is no way out as John either becomes a traitor to America or causes thousands of innocent people to die if he refuses.

The second John J Cannon Thriller moves from a barrier Island off the coast of Texas to Washington DC, then to Northern California, and finally to Ecuador. John is on the receiving end of an offer he cannot refuse. His avowed enemy Matt Jacobs now wants John to help him shake the reputation of the US in the world political arena. If John refuses, Matt plans to murder innocent Americans including John’s latest relationship. John’s only way out is to pretend to go along with the plan and hope for a miracle.

John Cannon unwillingly becomes an accomplice in a terrorist plot to undermine the US President’s credibility and the stability of the worldwide oil market.


John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly-purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the attractive young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.

The second John J. Cannon thriller is also available and titled His Revenge.


John’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes fictional short stories and novels as well as a daily blog. His first novel, My GRL is available on Amazon and wherever e-books are sold. His second, His Revenge is available on Amazon and KDP Select.The final book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy Our Justice is scheduled for launch in July 2016.

John lives on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of South Texas with his wife and spoiled rescue pets.

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Lisa Burton Radio with John Cannon #RRBC


Welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio. I’m your host, Lisa the Robot Girl, and this is the show all about characters. I understand more than anyone, that characters make the stories complete. Where would our authors be without them?

Today’s sponsor is the John J. Cannon Trilogy by John W. Howell. The main character of these stories is John J. Cannon. He’s waiting on the line, so let’s welcome him to the show.

“Hi, John. Welcome to Lisa Burton Radio. It’s an honor to have a genuine hero on the show.”

“Hello Lisa. I am very pleased to be on your show. I have been seeing a number of your posters and I have to admit you are certainly getting around these days.”

“Well aren’t you sweet, thank you. You’re a litigation attorney, taking a leave of absence from your firm at the time of these stories. It doesn’t sound like a very fun vacation. Tell our fans a bit about what happened.”

“It was very strange Lisa. I took a leave of absence from my firm and bought a boat. I didn’t know at the time but the boat was targeted to be used by a terrorist group. My first inkling of a problem was when I woke up in the hospital and learned I was found unconscious next to the body of the woman who sold me the boat. From there I got involved with a nasty guy named Matt Jacobs. He was behind the whole thing and it just so happened I had made a very big enemy in Matt. He’s sworn revenge. I think I would say I was the right guy in the wrong place.

“What is it with authors and making sure everyone has an enemy? It’s like happy characters don’t make good books, or something. Why is Matt Jacobs so angry with you?”

“You know I have yet to understand authors. Mine took me from San Francisco and threw me into mayhem almost costing me my life and those I care about. Matt is angry at me for two reasons. The first is I humiliated him during a law suit between his company and my client. It cost him over a hundred million dollars in the settlement. He could care less about the money since he has billions, but I put him on the stand and made him look like a fool. The second reason is I stopped him from completing his vindictive strike against America. Matt Jacobs does not suffer fools lightly. He has since decided not to kill me but use me to meet his ends. In the book His Revenge he actually gives me a choice of helping him or watching thousands of innocent people die.”

“That’s terrible. It’s bad enough that Matt’s a terrorist, but to use you like that is just heinous. It must have tempered you in some way. Can you tell us about that?”

“Well I finally decided the authorities were going to have a difficult time getting evidence on Matt. It became my job to thwart his plans. You know Lisa I’m not one of those all powerful heroes who can fight their way out of difficult situations. I have to remain calm and look for points of leverage over Matt. I guess you could say I have to work smarter not harder. Matt has an entire organization dedicated to embarrassing America. He blames all of us for some perceived oppression of his Palestine homeland. I’ve been lucky to be able to use his arrogance against him. I can assure you I will not rest until I see Matt Jacobs behind bars to answer for his crimes. He’s been on a path of revenge and as one philosopher once said, “When you seek revenge dig two graves. One for the one from whom you seek revenge, and one for yourself.” I want to be there when Matt is finally brought to justice.”

“I’m honored to know you. It isn’t everyone who can stand in the line of fire like that, with no promise of survival. I’m sure our listeners have some questions for you. Let’s take a call.

“Hello, you’re on the air with Lisa and John. Do you have a question for John?”

“Yes, this is Matt Jacobs and before you go any further let me point out there is no proof I have had anything to do with these events that John Cannon has ill-advisedly accused me of planning and executing. Your guest is quite delusional and is making these accusations to further his desire to be an American hero. I want to let you both know you will be hearing from my attorney regarding these egregious accusations. You know quite well John Cannon I am a man of my word. I would like to hear what you have to say now.”

“Well, Matt. I have to say I’m very surprised an important man like yourself would take the time to listen to this interview let alone call in. I think there may be a tender spot here. Your threat of a lawyer is a good one. I would welcome the opportunity to get you and your lawyer into a courtroom. I know you would have no problem lying through your teeth, but I can assure you I have enough proof to make any charge of slander look ridiculous and raise enough questions about you that the civil suit could be the basis for a criminal charge. So why don’t you make my day and bring a suit. I would enjoy that very much. I’m really sorry Lisa that this man is rude enough to interrupt your show. I see he has hung up.”

“That was certainly uncomfortable. Don’t worry about me, I’m bullet resistant, and my author gave me a big assed gun. With computerized aiming, I’ve never missed before. Besides, if he wants to sue me, he’ll have to wait in line.

“Let’s try something lighter. How is your relationship with that girl? The one with the hole in her head. I think her name was Stephanie.”

“I like your description of the hole in her head and luckily I can smile about it now. Stephanie was targeted by Matt Jacobs during a trip we made to Washington to get a medal from the President. The idea was to take her out and demonstrate how serious he was about getting me to cooperate. Lucky for both of us the shooter was a little off and she was wounded but not fatally. Stephanie and I have to work through some issues as a result of Matt sending her some pictures of me with someone else. We weren’t in a committed relationship, but still I regret putting myself in a position that brought pain to Stephanie. I think we’ll be able to get beyond this evil act by Jacobs. At least I hope so.”

“John I wish you luck in your next adventure. Take care of yourself, and it’s been an honor having you on the show.

Don’t forget to check out all the links and important data on the website. Pick up the John J. Cannon Trilogy today.


John W. Howell’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes fictional short stories and novels as well as a daily blog. His first novel, My GRL is available on Amazon and wherever e-books are sold. His second, His Revenge is available on Amazon and KDP Select. The conclusion of the series, Our Justice, is coming soon.

John lives on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of South Texas with his wife and spoiled rescue pets.


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Note from Craig: I was honored with an advance copy of Our Justice, and you guys are in for a treat.


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